Photos: Emerging Artists we supported in 2018

We’re proud to be one of the 40 PRS Foundation Talent Development partners in the UK, and along with funding from Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England, we’re investing in the next generation of UK talent.

We believe that to ensure the richness and diversity of the UK’s music industry it is vital we invest in the talent for the future.

The landscape of our grass-roots music industry has changed dramatically in the past decade. UK Music has found that 35% of music venues have closed since 2008, significantly reducing the chances for up and coming musicians to develop their skills in front of audiences and grow a following.

We’re working to address this change in industry landscape by ensuring that emerging artists have access to professional live performance opportunities.

Who’ve we’ve supported

Through our Colston Hall Presents strand we programme developing artists into grass-roots venues across the city and book local artists as support acts.

Our dedicated Talent Development project Multi-Track also offers a year-round programme of industry panels, masterclasses, business seminars and bespoke support to emerging artists through the Home Grown Heat strand. In 2018 we supported Charece, Solomon O.B. and Splitz P through a mixture of industry mentorship, live performance opportunities and recording sessions.

Here are some more of the amazing emerging artists we’ve promoted in the past year.

The Howl and the Hum

Thu 1 Feb 2018 at The Crofter’s Rights

Photography Dominika Scheibinger

Dent May

Thu 6 Mar 2018 at Exchange

Photography Dominika Scheibinger


Fri 11 May 2018 at The Station

Photography ShotAway


Sat 29 Sep 2018 at Hy-Brasil Music Club

Photography Dominika Scheibinger

Skinny Pelembe

Sun 30 Sep 2018 at Exchange

Photography Dominika Scheibinger

The Allergies (Live)

Fri 26 Oct 2018 at Colston Hall Foyer

Multi-Track Showcase

Home-Grown Heat artists: Splitz P, Charece, Solomon O.B, grime artist Yizzy and UK hip-hop artist Ms Banks

Sat 27 Oct 2018 at Arnolfini

Photography by Tom Ham

“The guidance I’ve received working with Bristol Music Trust has been incredibly valuable. Its provided a creative framework through mentorship, workshops and lectures that allows me to make my next steps with confidence and a sense of feeling more informed. To be involved has been a privilege.”

Solomon O.B (Home-Grown Heat artist 2017/18)

To find out more about our work with emerging artists, click here.

Supported by

  • Our talent development work is supported by PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development.

  • Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

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